So I get asked all the time... "how do you do it?" meaning, how do I match or coordinate my children's clothes all the time.
I don't really, but when we go out for church or special occasions, I do enjoy it.
I keep saying this, but I know it won't last forever. So far, the girls seem pretty happy as long as they aren't super matchy matchy.
I try to find things that are from the same line that all coordinate.
The boys have khaki or brown pants that go with many things, but their shirts or sweaters are usually a little more classic looking - that way, I can mix and match the girls things easier, and accessorize the boy's outfits with different ties or vests.
The picture here are two outfits I bought for the little girls from none other than Target... The black tops were $2 and the skirts were $3. So each outfit totalled $5. I can handle that!
I have found it's easier sometimes to find things for the children in pairs that can easily be put with something from a different line or store even!
I find alot of their matchy stuff at Gymboree, a weakness of mine. HA! But I've never been able to afford even their sale prices with so many to clothe, so we shop the clearance bins that get pulled out 3-4 times a year and go nuts then. I often times find things for $3-5 or less. I can't even beat that at good ol' Target! And we all know the quality is much better which pays for me in the long run with so many things to pass down.
I have found several things over the years from Gymboree to other nicer namebrands at garage sales too. I don't have the time to get to them all diligently, but when I pass one, it sure is fun to check it out and see what the treasure for the day is!
Another tip is to check out your local resale shop for children. It is cheaper than buying new (some of the time....) and I find I go there to look for past lines of clothing when I'm trying to put a child in a different size we don't have or we've added a new baby or something. They all vary in quality and price, so be careful. It's not always cheaper!
In January and February, as well as July and August, stores are already onto the seasons one or two ahead of you so I've found these months to be a good time to buy clothing. I can beat garage sale prices most of the time!
Keep you eyes peeled, and remember if you don't absolutely love it, it's not worth it, even at a steal. And keep your options open as to "where" you shop. Some of my favorite finds have been at thrift stores. Many retailers donate brand new items when it's time to mark down because it's better for them to have a tax break than clearance an item down in the store.
Hope this was helpful and you can find some deals for your cuties this month or even yourself! I'm just not too interested in dressing a whale right now... HA!
But more on "that" another time.